The Final Score Archives

Nick Montana works with Tulane’s first-team offense

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Tulane Green Wave quarterback Nick Montana (11) warms up on the field as Tulane fans gather to cheer their team on during the opening season game against Georgia Tech in Tulane's new Yulman Stadium  in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.

An afterthought since the beginning of fall practice, Nick Montana may be on the verge of playing meaningful downs again for Tulane. As injured starter Tanner Lee watched, Montana worked primarily with the No. 1 offense Tuesday morning in the first of two open-week practices for the Green Wave (1-4). Although coach Curtis Johnson was… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana heads home, turns attention to Northwestern State

Photo by RANDY BERGERON/Southeastern Public Information -- Southeastern defenders Micah Eugene and Kaleb Muse tackle Incarnate Word running back Junior Sessions in the first quarter of last week's game at Benson Stadium in San Antonio.

HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana’s three-game road swing over. So is its two-game losing streak. Nothing like a 56-point league victory on the road to reinvigorate the No. 11 Lions (3-2, 1-0 Southland Conference) heading into their first conference home game at 3 p.m. Saturday at Strawberry Stadium against Northwestern State (2-2, 0-0). The game will be… Continue reading →

Monday Morning Rewind: Tulane

Associated Press photo by Rich SchultzTulane cornerback Lorenzo Doss is tackled by Rutgers receiver John Tsimis after a Doss interception in Saturday's game.

Coming up Mercifully, Tulane (1-4) gets an open date to work on a host of problems before beginning a season-ending stretch of seven consecutive conference games. The Green Wave stepped up in class for the non-league portion of its schedule and failed the test, losing to Georgia Tech, Duke and Rutgers by a combined 76 points. Unlike last… Continue reading →

Southeastern thumps Incarnate Word

Southeastern quarterback Bryan Bennett runs for a touchdown in the first quarter against University of Incarnate Word Saturday at Benson Stadium in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info)

SAN ANTONIO — Southeastern Louisiana did not care who the opponent was, the Lions wanted to return to feeling good about themselves. And boy, were they feeling good Saturday night. Southeastern set a single-game record for rushing touchdowns and also set its Southland Conference mark for most points, rolling to a 63-7 victory over… Continue reading →

Louisiana-Monroe edges Troy on late field goal

MONROE — Justin Manton knocked home a 29-yard field goal with 2:08 remaining as Louisiana-Monroe edged Troy 22-20 in a Sun Belt Conference game Saturday night. The field goal was Manton’s third in a tight game that saw four lead changes — two in the final quarter. The Warhawks (3-1, 2-0) had jumped out… Continue reading →

Johnson: A puzzling start for the Ragin’ Cajuns

Associated Press photo by Rogelio V. SolisLouisiana-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway is tackled by Ole Miss defensive lineman Bryon Bennett, left, and linebacker Deterrian Shackelford earlier this season.

One of Louisiana-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth’s favorite analogies — and if I’ve learned anything covering this team for two months, it’s that Hudspeth loves analogies — is looking at his team as if it were a puzzle. It’s a great way to simplify something that is incredibly complex. As much as armchair quarterbacks are loath to admit,… Continue reading →

Tulane struggles again, falls 31-6 at Rutgers

Rutgers running back Justin Goodwin (32) fights of Tulane defenders Leonard Davis (10) and Rae Juan Marbley during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers defeated Tulane 31-6. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Each week seems to provide more questions and fewer answers for the Tulane football team. Breakdowns occurred in all three phases as the Green Wave was pounded 31-6 by Rutgers on Saturday afternoon in High Point Solutions Stadium. The defense crumbled at the start. The offense never recovered. The Scarlet Knights (4-1) scored… Continue reading →

Tulane defense falls behind at Rutgers, searches for solutions

Associated Press photo by RICH SCHULTZ -- Tulane defenders Eric Thomas and Lorenzo Doss bring down Rutgers fullback Michael Burton during the first half of Saturday's game in Piscataway, N.J.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — It’s hard to climb up a hill. For the second straight week, Tulane’s defense put itself at the bottom of the mountain from the start. Before the Green Wave could blink Saturday at Rutgers, it was 7-0. A possession later it was 14-0. Within six more minutes it was… Continue reading →

Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee leaves Rutgers game with shoulder injury; Devin Powell, Nick Montana come in

Associated Press photo by RICH SCHULTZ -- Tulane quarterback Devin Powell looks to pass against Rutgers during the first half of Saturday's game at Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights won 31-6.

Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee injured his right shoulder midway through Saturday’s 31-6 loss to Rutgers, forcing the Green Wave to call upon Devin Powell. It’s the second time this season Lee has been hurt in a game. After piecing together a 70-yard drive that ended without points following a 15-yard penalty and a sack, Lee walked… Continue reading →

Southeastern looks to regain swagger as Southland play begins

Southeastern Louisiana Public Information photo by Randy Bergeron -- Southeastern Louisiana running back Rasheed Harrell drives into the end zone past Stephen F. Austin defenders, from left, Lance Skyler, Trey Vallier and Collin Garrett last season.

HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana football coach Ron Roberts tried to convey the message to his team before the season began about the potential pitfalls of their past success. With shiny new credentials that included the school’s first gleaming Southland Conference championship, first home FCS playoff victory and one-point quarterfinal loss, the Lions would no… Continue reading →

Louisiana Tech’s Skip Holtz says Auburn better than last year

Associated Press file photo by ORLIN WAGNER -- Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz adjusts his headset as the Bulldogs play at Kansas in September 2013.

AUBURN, Ala. — Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz has studied Auburn’s game film from both this season and last, and comes away far more impressed with the 2014 version of the Tigers. “We have watched a lot of film from 2013, and I do not think it is close how much better they are this year than what they… Continue reading →

Cajuns defense turning up the heat

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWE -- Univesity of Louisiana at Lafayette defensive coordinator James Willis during preseason practice at the Cajuns' practice field.

While the overall defensive performance against Boise State last week still left much to be desired, the Ragin’ Cajuns were at least able to take one positive note away to build on. They were finally making plays behind the opponents’ line of scrimmage. Early in the game, as Boise State was moving the ball at will against his… Continue reading →

Around the state: A look at Saturday’s football matchups

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- UL-Monroe coach Todd Berry talks to an official during the first quarter of a game at LSU on Sept. 13.

WHEN: 3 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Estes Stadium (9,000), Conway, Ark. TV: Southland Conference Network SERIES: Central Arkansas leads 6-2. STAT THAT MATTERS: Nicholls State has been outscored 143-12 in the first two quarters this season. NOTES: Following a 77-3 loss to North Texas last weekend, Nicholls State has now been outscored… Continue reading →

Southeastern’s Jacob Newman stays humble, keeps expectations high

Photo by Randy Bergergon/SLU sports information -- Southeastern's Jacob Newman

HAMMOND — When Southeastern Louisiana senior defensive end Jacob Newman learned of his selection to the All-Southland Conference’s preseason first team, the distinction barely registered on his radar. “The preseason doesn’t mean a whole lot,” he said. “It’s kind of like coach (Ron Roberts) says: ‘If you have potential, that means you haven’t done anything with… Continue reading →

Cajuns notebook: Mark Hudspeth eyes more tweaks to the secondary

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth

The Louisiana-Lafayette football coaching staff has been searching for the right mixture of personnel in the secondary all season, and it appears another arrangement will get a chance next week against Georgia State. Coach Mark Hudspeth said he planned to use the extra time afforded by the Cajuns’ open date to consider making some personnel changes or tweaks… Continue reading →

Tulane notebook: After special teams woes, Wave return game gets new look in practice

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Tulane coach Curtis Johnson

Looking to avoid the special teams debacle that doomed it against Duke, Tulane in practice this week used Darion Monroe instead of Teddy Veal at punt returner and Leondre James instead of Dontrell Hilliard as the primary kickoff returner. The players most responsible for the issues, though, figure to keep their roles. Coach Curtis Johnson said he liked… Continue reading →

Tulane’s Lazedrick Thompson earns praise for tough running style

Tulane's (33) Lazedrick Thompson is wrapped up by Tulsa's (9) Dwight Dobbins  as (99) Derrick Luetjen comes induring the first half of the Tulane v Tulsa football game at Chapman stadium at the University of Tulsa on August 28, 2014.  TOM GILBERT/Tulsa World ORG XMIT: 2014-08-29 sp-tufoot ORG XMIT: DTI1408282138394239

If Lazedrick Thompson keeps running like he did against Duke, the turning point in his Tulane career will boil down to one play. With the Green Wave facing a fourth-and-1 at its own 42 early in the second quarter, coach Curtis Johnson called a timeout and asked Thompson, a redshirt sophomore, if he thought he could get… Continue reading →

Southeastern Louisiana shifts focus to Incarnate Word

Photo by RANDY BERGERON/SLU Public Information -- Southeast Missouri defenders Tim Hamm-Bey and Justin Elias chase down Southeastern wide receiver Devante Scott on a 62-yard gain in the first quarter Saturday at Houck Stadium in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

HAMMOND — When quarterback Bryan Bennett scored on a 22-yard run and Ryan Adams added the extra point for a 23-17 lead against Southeast Missouri last week, Southeastern Louisiana was just under three minutes away from a hard-fought road win. Then the Lions defense took the field and never returned to the sideline.… Continue reading →

Open date will ‘be beneficial’ for Cajuns

The open week effect wasn’t lost on Ragin’ Cajuns senior quarterback Terrance Broadway as he answered questions following a light practice Tuesday evening. “We’d still be out there right now,” Broadway said. Tuesdays are normally the Cajuns’ longest practice of the week, but without a game to prepare for this weekend the players spent… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns expect wide receiver Jamal Robinson to make quick return

Barring a major setback in the rehab process, Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth said he expects wide receiver Jamal Robinson will be in the lineup when the Ragin’ Cajuns take on Georgia State next Saturday. Hudspeth called Robinson a fast healer and said the expected return coming before Robinson’s expected four-week absence is… Continue reading →

Tulane’s Curtis Johnson loses patience with dropped passes

Tulane coach Curtis Johnson lit into freshman wide receiver Terren Encalade after he tried to make a one-handed catch of a long pass Tanner Lee threw to him in the end zone during Tuesday morning’s practice. “I’m sick and tired of that,” Johnson screamed. “Catch it like every receiver in football, with two hands. That… Continue reading →

Charges against Tulane running back Robert Kelley dropped

Advocate file photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Tulane running back Robert Kelley picks up yards against North Texas during a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome last season.

The charges against Tulane running back Robert Kelley for simple robbery and simple battery were dropped Tuesday afternoon by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office. Kelley was arrested Aug. 4 after an incident with a fellow Tulane student at The Boot, a university-adjacent bar, which involved a fight and a stolen bicycle. Throughout the… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette sets sights on Sun Belt play after loss at Boise State

Associated Press photo by Kyle Green -- UL-Lafayette cornerback Sean Thomas, left, tries to corral Boise State wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes on Saturday in Boise, Idaho. Hudsepth said the Cajuns defense played better than it has in recent games.

BOISE, Idaho — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette football team has taken its lumps during a brutal nonconference schedule. But as the calendar turns to Sun Belt Conference play, the Ragin’ Cajuns believe the tough competition has sharpened their mettle. “Playing good competition has prepared us for conference play,” Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth said.… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette Monday Morning Rewind

Associated Press photo by OTTO KITSINGER -- Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire breaks a tackleattempt by Boise State cornerback Donte Deayon for a touchdown during the second half of Saturday's game. Boise State won 34-9.

Coming up For the Cajuns, the open date couldn’t have come at a better time. The Cajuns are reeling after losing their third straight game in ignominious fashion and could use the extra time to figure some things out on offense and defense. The Cajuns now have a full two weeks to prepare for their… Continue reading →

Monday morning rewind: Tulane

Duke running back Shaun Wilson (29) heads in to score a third quarter touchdown against the Green Wave, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C.. Duke defeated Tulane 47-13 to remain perfect at 4-0. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chuck Liddy)

Coming up Tulane (1-3) plays at new Big Ten member Rutgers (3-1), which upset previously unbeaten Navy 31-24 on Saturday while rolling for 284 yards on the ground. However, Rutgers lost leading rusher Paul James for the season with a torn ACL suffered Saturday. The… Continue reading →

Cajuns tumble 34-9 at Boise State for third straight loss

Louisiana-Lafayette running back Torrey Pierce is taken down by Boise State's Armand Nance (40) and Blake Renaud (13) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Kyle Green)

BOISE, Idaho — September has been a month to forget for the Louisiana-Lafayette football team. The Ragin’ Cajuns’ nonconference struggles continued Saturday night in Idaho as host Boise State rolled to a 34-9 victory at Albertsons Stadium. Boise tailback Jay Ajayi racked up 150 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire gets touches early, often at Boise State

Associated Press photo by OTTO KITSINGER -- Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire runs the ball against Boise State safety Darian Thompson during the first half of Saturday's game in Boise, Idaho. The Broncos won 34-9.

BOISE, Idaho — UL-Lafayette has been looking for ways to get the ball to sophomore running back Elijah McGuire, and while it didn’t factor much in the outcome of Saturday’s game at Boise State, the Ragin’ Cajuns were finally successful in that venture. McGuire finished with a career-high 10 catches for 106 yards and added a 7-yard… Continue reading →

Boise State 34, UL-Lafayette 9: Three-and-out

Associated Press photo by OTTO KITSINGER -- UL-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire runs the ball against Boise State safety Darian Thompson during the first half of Saturday's game in Boise, Idaho. The Broncos won 34-9.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED What can you really learn when three of the four performances have followed almost exactly the same script? Without injured wide receiver Jamal Robinson, the Cajuns have almost no explosion offensively. The defense was torn to shreds through the air and on the ground. The offense struggled to move the ball after… Continue reading →

Mistakes stack up as Tulane falls 47-13 at Duke

Duke defensive end Michael Mann (58) goes in to sack Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee (12) in the fourth quarter of play, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C.. Duke defeated Tulane 47-13 to remain perfect at 4-0. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chuck Liddy)

DURHAM, N.C. — Tulane got a very bad omen just before Saturday’s game at Duke, and it turned out to ruin the Green Wave’s whole afternoon. When regular long snapper Michael Lizanich pulled a hamstring in pregame warmups, it started a snowball effect that yielded a nightmarish day for Tulane’s special teams. The result… Continue reading →

Mistakes, special teams doom Tulane at Duke

Associated Press/News & Observer photo by CHUCK LIDDY -- Duke linebacker Zavier Carmichael (24) intercepts a second-quarter pass from Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee during Saturday's game at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C.. Duke cornerback Breon Borders (31) signals the interception. Lee threw three interceptions as Duke defeated Tulane 47-13 to remain perfect at 4-0.

For a week, Tulane coach Curtis Johnson’s message to his team could be defined in one word. Mistakes. Repeatedly, Johnson mentioned the discrepancy between Duke’s discipline and Tulane’s lack thereof in the first three weeks of the season. And it proved to be a large portion of the gap separating the teams Saturday, when the Blue… Continue reading →

After loss at Duke, Tulane searches for positives

Duke quarterback Anthony Boone (7) tries to evade Tulane safety Darion Monroe (2) in the third quarter, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C.. Duke defeated Tulane 47-13 to remain perfect at 4-0. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chuck Liddy) MANDATORY CREDIT

DURHAM, N.C. — It’s hard to find many positives when your football team loses 47-13 to a team that isn’t quite in the Top 25. But Tulane actually had some good things happen — mixed in among the special-teams disasters — against Duke on Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium. Lazedrick Thompson, who had missed the final month of last… Continue reading →

Southeast Missouri slips past Southeastern

Southeast Missouri defenders Tim Hamm-Bey and Justin Elias chase down Southeastern wide receiver Devante Scott on a 62-yard gain in the first quarter Saturday at Houck Stadium in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. (Photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Info)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Kyle Snyder found Paul McRoberts from 2 yards out with 4 seconds remaining to lift Southeast Missouri over Southeastern Louisiana 24-23 Saturday night. Southeastern quarterback Bryan Bennett’s 22-yard touchdown run with 2:53 left put the Lions up 23-16. Southeast Missouri then went 78 yards in 14 plays to get… Continue reading →

Louisiana-Lafayette at Boise State: Four downs

Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway (8) runs against Mississippi during the second half at an NCAA college football game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. No. 14 Mississippi won 56-15. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) ORG XMIT: MSOTK102

Not much has gone the Cajuns’ way this season, but running the football isn’t on their list of things that have gone wrong. Alonzo Harris and Elijah McGuire have gotten off to solid starts this season, and quarterback Terrance Broadway has shown a knack for finding the first-down markers on the ground. But the… Continue reading →

Southeastern coach Ron Roberts wants to see how Lions respond to loss

Associated Press photo by BUTCH DILLSoutheastern Louisiana coach Ron Roberts will lead the Lions into their second spring game under his watch on Saturday.

HAMMOND — This was the time last year when Southeastern Louisiana first displayed the type of resolve that would later define it as a champion. The Lions were coming off consecutive road losses to TCU and South Dakota State, a stretch that threatened to derail their season. Instead of imploding, Southeastern went back on… Continue reading →

Southeastern’s Devante Scott back to form

HAMMOND — They’re still vivid reminders that hang in the locker of Southeastern Louisiana wide receiver Devante Scott that epitomize a dark time in his career. Whether it’s before each practice or home game, Scott opens his locker where the two knee braces he alternated wearing a year ago — one gold, one black —… Continue reading →

Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee will be key at Duke

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Tulane quarterback Tanner Lee passes against Georgia Tech at the Yulman Stadium on Sept. 6.

To have any chance to upset Duke on the road, Tulane needs the good Tanner Lee at quarterback rather than that other version. Lee, a redshirt freshman, has been alternately spectacular and mistake-prone in the Green Wave’s 1-2 start. His eight touchdown passes put him on pace for 32 by the end of… Continue reading →